Waste Management Job Opportunity


Waste Management is now hiring Heavy Equipment Operators in Carbondale, CO.

They’re offering competitive pay, great benefits, and plenty of opportunities to grow!


— You must be 18+ to apply
— Must have a minimum of 6 months relevant work experience
— Must be forklift certified

More information can be found at www.wm.com/careers or by calling 1-844-969-6754

Requisition # 16014203


Waste Management now hiring in Carbondale, CO

At US Truck, we offer lifetime job placement to all our graduates!

We have ongoing employment partnerships with many different companies – so no matter what kind of company you’d like to drive for – big or small, local or OTR – you can work with our Placement Director for help with finding a new job in the trucking industry. Contact us today to make an appointment!

Denver: 800-727-7364 | Colorado Springs: 800-666-7364 | email: ustruck@ustruck.com

Student Loans for CDL Training at US Truck Driving School


While the cost of CDL training for truck driving is vastly cheaper than the cost of almost any other career training, many may still need financial assistance to complete their schooling and get on the road. When scholarships are not enough, and you simply do not have to funds to pay the cost out-of-pocket, student loans are a great option for funding your training.

Financial aid is available to students that qualify.Even if you have been denied student loans in the past, whether for tech school or college classes, the United States Truck Driving School in Colorado may be able to offer you financial aid. One great feature is that you do not have to start paying back your loans right away. While you can begin repaying your loans immediately, this is not necessary. In fact, you have a full two months after your graduation date until you will be required to make your first monthly payment. This allows you time to settle into your truck driving job and begin making money before you have to even worry about a loan payment.

Not only do we find every possible way to help you fund your education, but we also provide job placement with trucking companies that offer reimbursement for tuition to graduates from our program to assist you in repaying your loan monthly. Some of these companies will pay up to half of your loan payment each month, totaling as much as $5,000 total. Even if you will need to fully rely on student loans for CDL training, you have several options available to you to prevent you from having to pay the full amount of your financial aid back.

If the only thing holding you back from pursuing a career in truck driving is the cost of your schooling, there is nothing to worry about. We will find a way to finance your CDL training! If you are ready to register for our CDL training program, you can apply online to speed up your acceptance process. You may even be pre-approved and can begin training immediately.

To apply you will first need to select the application for the correct school campus — either Denver or Colorado Springs.

Then, you’ll need a few things to get started:

– Your Driver’s License Number and Social Security number
– Bank and credit card information
– Personal or professional references.
– Home addresses for the last three years
– Up to 10 years of employment history

If you have any questions about the registration process, please call and speak with one of our Admissions Representatives! They’ll help walk you through the entire process, and make enrolling for your CDL training as easy as they can! Begin your online application today to start your journey toward a successful truck driving career!

For questions, please call us at 1-800-727-7364 in Denver, or 1-800-666-7364 in Colorado Springs.

Third Party CDL Skills Testing in Colorado


CDL Testing in Colorado is no longer done at the Driver’s License branches. The CDL Skills Test is now administered through third-party testing centers, licensed by the State of Colorado CDL Compliance to provide third party testing.

Third Party CDL Skills Testing at US Truck Driving SchoolThe commercial driver’s license (CDL) is made up of three parts, a pre-trip test, backing/maneuvers test, and a road test. If you have any questions about the test, it is outlined in Sections 11, 12, and 13 of the CDL handbook. It is important to look over this information so that you know exactly what you will be tested on, and so that you don’t run into any problems on test day.

In the past, when drivers were going to take the test for their CDL in the State of Colorado, they had to go to the Driver’s License branch at the Department of Motor Vehicles. This is not longer the protocol. The CDL Skills Test will now be administered through a third party testing center. United States Truck Driving School is one of these centers. Our school has been licensed by the State of Colorado CDL Compliance to provide third party testing.

There are 4 types of licenses that we are authorized to test for:

  • Class A Combination Vehicles (GVWR 26,001 lbs. or more)
  • Class A w/NTT
  • Class B Straight Truck (GVWR 26,001 lbs. or more)
  • Class C Small vehicles w/hazmat or passenger

There are also certain Endorsements that we are authorized to test for:

  • BP2 Bus, 15 passengers or more plus the driver
  • CP1 Passengers
  • S School bus

Additional Information You Should Know About Taking Your CDL Test at United States Truck Driving School:

To take your test, you will need to bring your DOT card, your vehicle driver’s license, and your CDL Permit.

You must hold your CDL permit for 14 days before you can take your test.

We currently have two locations in Colorado. One is located in the Denver metro area, the other is located in Colorado Springs.

If you are going to be taking a test in Colorado Springs, we do not offer all tests. If you are considering taking your test at this location, you should contact the office to find out what tests are offered.

If you want to take the test for your CDL license but don’t need training, our Denver (Wheat Ridge) Campus has opened our outside CDL Testing to include Fridays and Saturdays. Testing will now be held Monday through Saturday at that location for your convenience.

A new policy came into effect as of July 8, 2015: If you take a test on a vehicle with an automatic transmission, there will be restrictions placed on your license that you will only be allowed to drive an automatic. If you don’t want a restriction, you would need to take the test on a vehicle with a manual transmission. If you take your test on a vehicle with a manual transmission, there will be no restrictions placed on your CDL.

If you are going to be taking your test at our Denver campus, all Class A testing vehicles have manual transmissions. For Class B CDL’s, we have vehicles with both manual and automatic transmissions.

Our Colorado Springs campus provides Class A and Class B testing on vehicles with only manual transmissions.

For more information on our Colorado CDL testing, truck driver training, pricing, or to schedule a test, contact the United States Truck Driving School at either number listed below:

Denver: 1-800-727-7364 or Colorado Springs: 1-800-666-7364

Looking to De-Stress? Try Coloring. (I’m Serious)


Being a truck driver, or a truck drivers spouse, or a truck driving student can be stressful. Most of us have hobbies that we turn to when we are home, but what do you do when you’re out on the road, in small (ok, cramped) living conditions, with non-traditional working hours? When you can’t really hit the gym regularly, or you’ve tried knitting but it’s just not your thing…

Well, if you’re looking for a new stress-relieving hobby, consider breaking out the colored pencils and relaxing with an adult coloring book.

Yes, adult coloring books are really a thing!

Several people have done research on the matter (yes, we think that’s weird too) and have lumped these coloring books in with other “childish activities” that us grown-ups are going back to because it’s a mental escape that brings us back to our childhood. While they may be considered a “childish activity,” childish they are not!

Think of these adult coloring books and printable coloring pages as a sort of mindful meditation, something that is used to reduce the stress levels many (Okay, all) of us are dealing with on a day-to-day basis. Psychologist Gloria Martinez Ayala tells the Huffington Post that “coloring triggers and stimulates the brain areas associated with motor skills, creativity, and the senses. Coloring helps to calm the part of our brains called the amygdala, which controls our emotions and stress. Simply put? Coloring takes our minds off our problems, and as a result leaves us feeling much more relaxed, rested, and at ease.”

Something that sounds pretty appealing to someone that drives a big, giant truck for a living. No one wants a stressed-out driver behind the wheel of a big rig.

But, we like to appeal to the masses, young and old, male and female. Coloring is just fun, and who doesn’t like a big truck!? So, this page is for you and/or the kiddos in your life- who ever gets to it first! Feel free to print it out (perhaps print out multiple copies to share) and color it as wild and wacky as you dare!

Send us a picture of your finished product, and if we like it enough, we might even consider re-painting the trucks to match! (Okay, probably not – but we WILL give you a shout out on our Facebook and Twitter pages!)

USTDS - b&w truck

Got a finished one you want to send us? There’s a couple super simple ways you can share your masterpiece with us. Either post it to our Facebook page, or send it to us in a private message, or you can use this form and we will share it for you! Any way you choose, we can’t wait to see all your lovely artwork!

Trucking industry adapts to shortage – KOAA.com


There is a shortage of truck drivers in America, and the trucking industry is responding to that shortage.

Source: Trucking industry adapts to shortage – KOAA.com

Posted: Dec 14, 2015 8:24 PM CST
Updated: Dec 14, 2015 8:24 PM CST
By Andy Koen

COLORADO SPRINGS – There is a shortage of truck drivers in America. The combination of an improving economy, changing regulatory environment and an aging workforce have all caused recruiters to get creative in order to attract new employees.

At the US Truck Driving School in El Paso County, many students are pre-hired meaning there is a job already waiting for them when the graduate. Many students have their tuition paid by their future employers. Training Director Mark Haefner said even those students who aren’t already hired can easily find work.

“We do have representatives from several companies coming in just about every other week that will talk with the students that are not pre-hired and draw them in also,” Haefner said.

At the Love’s Trucks Stop north of Pueblo, drivers tell us it’s job that requires a certain personality type.

“It’s not for everybody,” said driver Jeffery Harris. “If you’re a social kind of person, you know, I mean you’re going be in the truck kind of by yourself. So, if you’re used to being alone and that type of thing.”

Long distance runs that keep drivers away from home for extended periods have historically been part of a trucking career. Haefner said he tells students to expect to work odd hours.

“There is no 9 to 5, it’s none of this you’re going to work for 8 or 10 hours a day and then rest the rest of the time because the way freight has to travel will depend on how you’re going to be able to work and sleep and so on,” he said.

But recruiters tell us, even that is changing. In addition to new pay bonuses and benefits packages, many companies are now reworking routes to make them more accommodating of their drivers home lives.

“We have a lot of home daily routes in the Colorado Springs and Denver area specifically, they can count on being gone in 5 days and have two days off,” said Guy Horn, a recruiter for Werner Enterprises, the nation’s fourth largest trucking company.

He adds that new changing regulations are adding to the shrinking work force.

“Parameters have changed and that’s forced (out) a lot of drivers who are good, qualified drivers, and experienced drivers that don’t meet the the qualifications and just the demands of the job itself play into it,” Horn said.

Haefner explained that requirements to obtain a Commercial Drivers License used to vary from state to state. Those requirements are more uniform and apply nationwide today.

“It’s actually making things a little bit harder for people to obtain CDL’s,” he said.

There are roughly 3 million truck drivers on the road. Last year, the median annual salary was $40,000 a year. However, Horn said many of their new drivers at Werner Enterprises can expect to earn up to $50,000 their first year.

If you’ve got questions about how you can get started as a truck driver in this area or over-the-road, give us a call. Denver: 800-727-7364 or Colorado Springs: 800-666-7364 or stop by any of our recruiter events or job fairs.

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Show your support: Greenlight a Vet


Greenlight a VetShow your support for the men and women who have served this great nation, and Greenlight a Vet!

When they’re out of uniform, and in civilian clothes, it’s harder to show our veterans the appreciation they deserve, because they just blend right in with the rest of us. This simple campaign is intended to spark a national conversation regarding the recognition of veterans, and “greenlight” them forward as valued members of our communities.

What exactly is “Greenlight a Vet?”

Greenlight a Vet is a campaign to establish visible national support for our veterans by changing one porch light to green. Change one light to green in a visible location – on your porch, or in your window – and keep it glowing every day as a symbol of appreciation and support for our veterans.

Greenlight a Vet

For more information, please visit the campaign website at www.greenlightavet.com

At United States Truck Driving School, we understand the challenges veterans face in making the transition from military to civilian life, and are proud to support our men and women in uniform. We are honored to participate in financial assistance & training programs specifically designed to prepare veterans for careers in the civilian workforce, in this trucking and transportation industries.

For more information on our veteran career training programs, please contact us today to see how to get started training in your new civilian career.

Call our Denver campus at: 1-800-727-7364

Call our Colorado Springs campus at: 1-800-666-7364

4 Times You’ll Wish You Paid More Attention in Trucking School


We’ve all had those times. The moment of truth, as it were, when the chips are down…and you are woefully under-prepared and unable to complete the task you are assigned.

For many of us this happens at school most often, and maybe at work as an adult. We all know the moment well—maybe we didn’t heed someone’s advice, or we knew a key deadline was approaching, and we procrastinated a bit too long. But you know the moment when you’re in it by the wave of panic that washes over you, and the feeling of utter helplessness that creeps into your soul.

4 Times You'll Wish You Paid More Attention in Trucking School

When you’re in truck driving school you don’t want to have this feeling, because it means you’re failing at something, or you’re about to make a mistake that you will really come to regret. If you’re taking a practice test, you may have found the best time to have that feeling, because it means you still have more time to get your business in order before the real moment arrives.

If it comes at other times, though, you may not be so lucky. Here are 4 times you REALLY wish you had paid more attention in truck driving school:

When you’re in traffic. On an Icy Road. And that car cuts you off. Managing to get “lucky” and coast through trucking school without giving it your all may not be so lucky after all. You certainly won’t be thinking that when you’re stuck in heavy winter traffic on an icy road and you get cut off…and you have no idea how to properly react.

Being in perhaps the most dangerous spot during your time as a truck driver and not knowing the proper safety procedures can be deadly, not just for you but for people around you. This is one time you will definitely want to have as much knowledge and information at your disposal as you can.

When your truck breaks down in North Dakota. Being out on the road all alone isn’t fun. Being stranded out in the middle of nowhere is always a difficult proposition, but imagine being responsible for thousands of dollars’ worth of cargo in the trailer, attached to a $100,000-plus truck that belongs to someone else…and not knowing what to do.

Shortchanging yourself in the weeks before this incident is once again harmful to more than just you, who is broken down in a rural area, not making miles and not making money. And maybe because you were daydreaming that day you didn’t hear the instructor talking about taking a small set of tools with you, so a repair you could have made yourself in 20 minutes turns into a four-hour delay, costing you a day’s worth of miles, and pay.

When you’re taking the CDL Exam. Many college students have a frequent dream that they show up the day of a final exam, only to realize they hadn’t been to class all semester. This can be your trucking school nightmare come true if you let yourself drift through your truck driving practice. When the CDL tester is asking you questions, you want to know your stuff, and you need to be able to answer questions confidently. Not to mention that you really should have the moves to go along with that knowledge.

When you’re at a job you dislike…because you failed your CDL exam. You squandered your time and money on truck driving school because you didn’t put a full effort into your work, and now you are stuck back at your old job. You know, the one you were trying to get away from when you started truck driving school? Unfortunately, because you were unable to pass the CDL exam, it’s most likely you will never even get to these other points and come to regret your decision not to put 100 percent into your work. It’s probably actually better for you anyway.

Life is full of choices. Some are difficult, others are unpleasant, and still others are easy. If you’re serious about becoming a truck driver, the decision about how much effort to put into your truck driver training may not appeal to your laziness, but it should be one of the easier choices you make.

If you’re ready to get started, then contact us today! Our Admissions Reps are ready to answer any questions you have about enrolling, financial aid, or job placement services. Give us a call at your closest campus, or simply fill out the form you see on this page. It’s that easy!

Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve


Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve
United States Truck Driving School – 2015

We recognize the Guard and Reserve are essential to the strength of our Nation and the well-being of our communities.

In the highest American tradition, the patriotic men and women of the Guard and Reserve serve voluntarily in an honorable and vital profession. They train to respond to their community and their country in time of need. They deserve the support of every segment of our society.

If these volunteer forces are to continue to serve our Nation, increased public understanding is required of the essential role of the Guard and Reserve in preserving our national security.

Therefore, we join other employers in the pledge that:

– We fully honor, recognize, and comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act (USERRA).

– We will provide our managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manage those employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.

– We appreciate the values, leadership, and unique skills Service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to employ Guardsmen, Reservists, transitioning Service members, and Veterans.

– We will continually recognize and support our country’s Service members and their families in peace, in crisis, and in war.


Richard Lammers
employer, United States Truck Driving School

Paul E. Mock
National Chair, ESGR

Ash Carter
Secretary of Defense

January 1, 2015


View or download the statement in its entirety (document will open in PDF viewer):
Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve, USTDS 2015

Life on the Road: Can You Handle the Pressure?


Life on the Road: Can You Handle the Pressure?Ask most any truck driver about the largest source of stress of the job, and invariably the answer will be “time away from home.” And indeed it is an eternal source of consternation for many a truck driver, and is chief among reasons why this isn’t a profession fit for just anyone.

However, if you are reading this, chances are fair that you are already expecting this part of the job, and you fall somewhere between embracing this part of the job and tolerating it for the sake of a paycheck.

But once you are out on the road, buddy, it’s a whole new ballgame.

It’s one thing to be a single person, a young man or woman, ready to make your way out onto the open road, just you and your rig and the load you’re carrying, but once you’re out there and reality sets in that you’re out here alone, your thinking can change really quickly.

Of course, when you’re on the road and working, concentrating on your electronic logs and on paying attention to the road and keeping the truck in the proper lane, you may not be thinking too much of what you are missing at home. It’s the time when you aren’t driving, when you’re hunkered down in a truck stop, waiting in line to take a shower or nestled in your tiny bunk in the back of your truck that reality sets in.

Do you have a special someone at home? Be sure they can handle the pressure too. Many a driver had his career, or marriage, derailed by a significant other who grew weary of the solitude that many young truckers crave. Remember that when you have a family, truck time doesn’t only affect you; it takes hold of everyone in your family.

Going over the road can indeed be tough. If driving a truck takes a special breed of person, going over the road can take a saint. Recognize what it is you’re missing out on, and what you have to deal with when you return, and be ready to make accommodations for those things.

So what are some good coping strategies for life on the road? Well, that’s difficult to say, because only those who have been on the road truly know what it is like to be out there. V

Of course, those of us who don’t have the privilege of living that life can only offer suggestions. Even those who do go out on the road may enjoy their own processes and recipes for fun and success, but you have to find what works for you and roll with it. Here are a few suggestions for coping:

  • Make the most of home time. Get things done. Spend time with your friends and family, and try to stay away from work as much as possible.
  • Call home frequently. Speak with loved ones often, many times for no reason. Make sure you are staying in the loop on what’s going on back at home and at the old haunts.
  • Keep yourself busy on the road. Have a hobby or something meaningful to do while you’re on the road. Get plenty of exercise, rest, and good food (that is, NOT junk food).
  • Maintain a positive attitude. Understand that loneliness is normal, and is a temporary feeling. You will have home time, and you will have the chance to make the most of it.
  • Find a routine that works for you. What keeps you happy when you are on the road and not working? Do you have a certain author’s books that you like to read? Do you stream video? Do you like to knit? Whatever it is, find what works and keep it going.

Pre-Employment Screening Program: The Trucking Student’s FAQ


 Pre-Employment Screening Program: The Trucking Student’s FAQYou’ve probably already heard of the PSP, and how your score can affect your employability within the trucking industry.

But just what is the pre-employment screening and how does it affect you? Does that fender-bender you had on that rain-slicked road when you were 17 mean that you can’t get a CDL? Does that speeding ticket, then the ticket for making an accidental illegal right turn on red at an intersection between 1 pm and 6 pm mean that trucking companies won’t touch you with a 10-foot pole?

If you are really hoping to land some of those truck driving jobs, you need to be educated about the PSP, what it means for your trucking career (before it even starts) and what you can do to keep it under control. Here are some frequently asked questions about the PSP and how it affects you as a truck driver.

  • What is the PSP?

The Pre-Employment Screening is a program that was established in 2010 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), designed to give carriers, industry members, and others (i.e. drivers themselves) to review and examine the driving records of the people to whom they are considering extending employment offers.

  • What is in the PSP?

PSP data includes the most recent five years of crash data and the most recent three years of roadside inspection data. This data is housed in the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS), a database maintained by FMCSA.

  • Why is the PSP important to employers?

Consider the PSP something akin to a background or reference check on you. For carriers, it’s a new way to check in on the people they are entrusting their expensive trucks and even more valuable cargo onto.

  • What does the PSP mean for me as I apply for trucking jobs?

Obviously, carriers are looking for people with the best driving records, and will avoid job candidates with a history of a lot of accidents, negative encounters with the traffic cop, or both. Also, it may be a solid way for carriers to see how much it will cost to insure you. If you have a long history of traffic tickets/reckless driving citations, or have had 4 accidents in the past 5 years, you probably already know your insurance has gone up. That works the same for trucking companies.

  • Do all trucking companies use the PSP? Is it required?

The PSP is a voluntary program for both drivers and carriers. Some companies may not have made the shift to include PSP data in their hiring process, but after 5 years of being easily available that may say more about whether you want to work for them than whether they will hire you. While it isn’t mandatory by law to submit to a PSP check, your employer may require it before hiring you.

  • How do carriers get access to my PSP? Can I block them from seeing it?

Motor Carriers can get an account in order to be granted access to PSP’s data online. However, it is required for carriers to receive consent from any driver whose information they access. That means that indeed if you don’t want someone to see your PSP score, you can legally block them. However, if you are hoping to actually land employment with that company, it probably isn’t a good idea to deny them permission to access it.

  • Can I see my PSP?

Of course! You can request a copy from the FMCSA’s PSP web portal, though there is a $10 fee, and you must have both your current, and any other driver’s license numbers you have had over the past 5 years. Alternatively, you may make a Privacy Act request to the FMCSA to receive a free copy, though it may take longer for you to receive. It is of course a good idea to review your PSP periodically to ensure it is accurate and current.